Mongolian Chicken

5 from 8 reviews

This quick and easy Mongolian Chicken combines crisp stir fried chicken with sweet onions and scallions all in a mouthwatering good sweet and salty sauce.   Make some for your family this evening and soak up the complements.


  • 1 ¼ lbs chicken cut in thin bite size pieces
  • ⅓ cup cornstarch
  • 23 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion cut in 8-10 wedges


  • 1 ½  teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • ½ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ¼ cup water
  • 4 green onions cut in ¾ inch segment


  1. Combine the chicken and cornstarch in a large zipper bag. Shake to coat.  Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in large skillet over medium high heat.  Add the chicken to the pan in a single layer and cook on both sides until golden brown.  If necessary work in batches adding more oil when needed.  Plate the chicken.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium high heat in same skillet.  Cook the onion for 2 minutes; stirring several times.  Add the onion to the plate with the chicken.
  3. Reduce heat to medium low and add the sesame oil.  Add the ginger and garlic and cook for 1 minute stirring constantly. Add the rice vinegar, soy sauce, and brown sugar stirring to combine.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk together the water and cornstarch.  Whisk it into the skillet and cook until slightly thickened.  Add the cooked chicken and onions back to the skillet.  Top with the green onions and serve promptly.


  • Cut the chicken in thin bite sized pieces to ensure it is cooked through and crispy.
  • The cornstarch step is easily done in a large zipper bag and really gives the chicken that crispy authentic Asian restaurant flavor and texture.
  • Ginger paste works great for those times when fresh ginger is just not available at the market.
  • This recipe is best served promptly while the chicken is crisp and the vegetables are crisp tender.
  • Traditionally this recipe is served with just chicken and onions however mushrooms, snow peas, peppers and carrots are all delicious additions.

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